We have been monitoring the situation in the Chippewa Valley for the past two weeks and at this time we've decided it is in the best interest of our guests and staff to keep the Wise Nature Center closed for another two weeks. The Wise Nature Center will remain closed until 12/21, when we will again reevaluate the situation and determine if it is safe to open. Please continue to keep up with us on social media and as always, are trails are open and ready for you. We've also expanded our online store offerings to include more items and lots of books, as well as our Holiday Crafting Kit which is still available.
To our members, thank you for your continued support in these trying times, we're incredibly thankful for your help. For our guests, please continue to utilize the cashboxes at trailheads and the entrance fees online, we're glad we can still be an outdoor resource for you.
Due to the rising number of cases of COVID-19 in Eau Claire and the surrounding counties Beaver Creek Reserve has decided to temporarily close the Wise Nature Center. We will be closed from 11/21/2020 to 12/7/2020 when we will reevaluate the situation and decide if it's safe to open our doors again. In the meantime, our trails are always open and we've added the ability to pay entrance fees online and cash boxes at trailheads on each side of the highway. Likewise, the Nature Center desk will be staffed during normal hours to answer questions by phone or to pick up a curbside order from our online store. Follow us on Facebook for updates as we continue to best connect you with nature during these difficult times.
Thank you for bearing with us during this difficult time, we know it hasn't been easy on anyone and we're continuing to find the best options which keeps our staff, members, and guests safe while giving the best experience we can. In light of that, we've reopened the Wise Nature Center with new limited hours, we've started offering equipment rentals for use on the reserve or off-site, and we've created and begun selling Monarch raising kits which can be purchased at the Wise Nature Center.
As we work towards fully reopening we're following guidelines from the county health department and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) including requiring everyone who enters the Wise Nature Center to wear a mask and asking that you maintain a 6-foot distance from anyone not in your household whenever possible. The Wise Nature Center is currently open for bathroom usage, equipment rentals, and store purchases, but we ask that you don't linger after your business is done as we're trying to keep the number of people inside to a minimum.
We will continue to reopen at a pace that best fits our guests while maintaining safety, however, our commitment to reopening safely remains top priority and as health officials react to the most recent data available and change restrictions we will continue to follow their guidelines. Unfortunately, this means the Scheels Discovery Room will remain closed for the foreseeable future and other parts of Beaver Creek Reserve will remain closed like the Monarch Lab where we raise Monarchs from eggs each year. Regardless of what happens with the opening of other facilities, our trails will always remain open and available for the public, something only possible because of the kind donations and new members we've gained during this time. If you're able to, donate or become a member anytime by clicking on the "Membership" or "Donate" buttons on the top of the screen.